New Year’s Day will signify more than just a new calendar year for fathers in Finland. As of January 1st 2013, dads there will receive 54 days (a whole 9 weeks!) of paid paternity leave. This will, no doubt, create a nation of involved, awesome new fathers.
An average of 73% of fathers are currently taking 18 days of paternity leave after the birth of their child. Leave in the form of a “daddy month” is only taken by 3% of new dads. According to Kela, Finland’s Social Insurance Institution, the new “more flexible” timing is meant to encourage new dads to take time off with their babies.